In this update, OHS Alert revisits all the important work health and safety and workers' compensation legislative changes from the third quarter of 2019. We also recap the most significant court and tribunal rulings and other developments from across the country.
A worker developed the painful condition trigger finger as a result of overusing his non-dominant hand, and using it differently, while on suitable duties recovering from a work injury, a tribunal has found.
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A supervisor who decided a worker was hard to manage and "needed to be dealt with", traumatised and psychologically injured her by intimidating her during a counselling meeting, the Federal Court has confirmed on appeal.